Stacey Finley, PhD

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California

Stacey Finley, Ph. D., is an Associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at USC. She is holder of the Gordon S. Marshall Early Career Chair and the Director of the Center for Computational Modeling of Cancer

George M. Church, PhD

Professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School

A founding member of the Wyss Institute, and director of, the world’s only open-access information on human genomic, environmental, and trait data.

    Imari Walker

    Environmental Engineering PhD Candidate at Duke University

    Imari Walker is a PhD Candidate at Duke University investigating the fate, occurrence, and transformation of plastic additives within freshwater environments.

    Dr. Leena Tripathi

    Plant Biotechnologist

    Director for Eastern Africa, Leader of the Biotechnology research group at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

      Sarah Noble, PhD

      Program Scientist in the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters

      Sarah is the lead for lunar science within PSD, and serves as Program Scientist for the Psyche mission that will explore the asteroid 16 Psyche, the VIPER rover that will investigate lunar polar volatiles, and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

        Dr. Robert M. Levy, MD, PhD

        President of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS)

        Dr. Robert M. Levy, MD, PhD, an internationally recognized neurosurgeon. He is a PhD in Neurosciences from Stanford University, and has done post-doctoral fellowships from Stanford and UCSF, and obtained his medical degree at Stanford Medical School

          Dr. Jacob Bleacher

          Chief Exploration Scientist in NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division

          Dr. Bleacher is a planetary geologist who is currently the Chief Exploration Scientist in NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) at NASA headquarters.

            Paul A. Offit, MD

            Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

            Paul A. Offit, MD is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at UPenn.

              Kevin M. Folta

              Professor Horticultural Sciences Department & Graduate Program in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology

              His research is in the discovery of novel disruptive chemistries from random DNA information, the genomics of flavor and aroma, and how specific light wavelengths control plant traits.

                Peter Etchells

                Psychologist and Science Communicator

                Professor Pete Etchells is a psychologist and science communicator based at Bath Spa University, UK.
                  What is NECSS?

                  The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (pronounced “nexus”) is a science and critical thinking conference held annually in New York City. NECSS welcomes leading scientists, educators, activists, and artists who educate and engage conference attendees through individual presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and performance pieces. NECSS is as much a meeting of minds as it is a conference, and social events and mixers are organized throughout the weekend to allow attendees the opportunity to mix and mingle in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

                  Who is NECSS for?

                  NECSS is for everyone! NECSS attracts hundreds of people, from all different walks of life, from around the world. It is a forum for the general public to mingle with scientists, educators, philosophers, medical professionals, students, and many other people that you might not ordinarily meet. Everyone can find something of interest during these four days of conversation!

                  What Else?

                  NECSS is produced by New York City Skeptics, the New England Skeptical Society, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and The Society for Science-Based Medicine. NECSS attracts hundreds of people from all walks of life from around the world. Presenters include scientists, educators, philosophers, entertainers, activists, and authors from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, each of whom will share their unique perspective with conference attendees.

                  5:30 PM
                  Friday Stream Start
                  6:00 PM
                  Welcome to NECSS, hosted by George Hrab
                  6:05 PM
                  KEYNOTE - George Church

                  A generational quiz show!

                  Livestream Begins!
                  10:00 AM
                  10:05AM - 10:15AM
                  Speaker - Steve Novella
                  10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
                  Speaker - Dr. Leena Tripathi
                  11:15 AM - 12:10 PM
                  Speaker - Pete Etchells
                  12:10 PM - 12:15 PM
                  Pandemic Projects Part 1
                  12:25 PM - 1:10 PM
                  Speaker - Imari Walker Karega
                  1:10 PM - 1:20 PM
                  1:25 PM - 2:55 PM
                  SGU LIVE
                  2:55 PM - 3:05 PM
                  Pandemic Projects Part 2
                  3:05 PM - 3:50 PM
                  Speaker - Stacey Deleria Finley
                  3:50 PM - 4:00 PM
                  Randi Segment
                  4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
                  4:45 PM - 4:55 PM
                  Pandemic Projects Part 3
                  4:55 PM - 5:40 PM
                  Speaker - Dr. Robert Levy
                  5:40 PM - 5:50 PM
                  Pandemic Projects Part 4
                  5:50 PM - 6:35 PM
                  Speaker - Paul Offit
                  6:35 PM - 6:50 PM
                  Pandemic Projects Part 5
                  6:50 PM - 7:35 PM
                  Speaker - Sarah Noble
                  7:40 PM - 8:20 PM
                  Speaker - Julie Robinson
                  8:20 PM
                  Closing Remarks

                  *Schedule subject to change throughout the day.